A Men’s Shed extension, field archery facilities and a Torrington kitchen refurbishment are all looking more likely thanks to early Christmas presents announced by MP Thomas George in Tenterfield on Monday, December 18.
The three community groups were successful in their applications for grant funding under the current round of the NSW Government’s 2017 Community Building Partnership program.
“Building and restoring local infrastructure as well as supporting local construction jobs and businesses are a welcome boost in enhancing local investment in our community,” Mr George said.
“This grassroots funding will directly benefit our community and will deliver new infrastructure for schools and community groups, and will help pay for much-needed improvements.
“There was strong competition for the available funds and a high level of interest from the community.
“I look forward to seeing the benefits to our communities as projects are undertaken and put into use across the Lismore electorate.”
On making the announcements at the Men’s Shed, Mr George credited mayor Peter Petty with always advocating for Tenterfield projects, including the three receiving funding in this round.
The Men’s Shed received $27,000 towards constructing another shed alongside its existing facility on TAFE grounds, with a similar footprint.
Men’s Shed president Ian Docherty said the new shed will house the group’s metalworking operations, with the woodwork setup remaining in the original shed.
Tenterfield’s newest sporting club, Traditional Field Archery Inc., gets $11,500 for disabled toilet facilities including a septic system at its site on Scrub Road. Mr Thomas recently enjoyed a tour of the site and said he was impressed by what he saw.
The Torrington Hall committee received $5000 to upgrade its kitchen with new appliances (including a dishwasher for the first time), fittings and flooring.
“We danced around the hall when we heard we’d got the grant,” hall committee president Jan Styles said.